Pick of the Day: 1967 Volkswagen Beetle

Once in a while, a car comes along that is just “right.” Perhaps it’s a mix of condition, colors, and options that gives that impression no matter what car it is. That feeling permeates upon viewing this 1967 Volkswagen Beetle, the ClassicCars.com Pick of the Day. It is for sale by a private individual in Phoenix. (Click the link to view the listing)

A black Beetle in prime condition with red interior and sunroof sounds like the planets have all aligned for Volkswagen fans, especially those interested in 1967s, which seem to be on the cusp of having the best of the old with the best of the new. As the final year before the facelift, 1967 marked the first Beetle to have a 12-volt electrical system, an engine bored from 1285cc to 1493cc, repositioned headlights, wider swing axles, two-speed wipers, backup lamps and government-mandated dual master cylinder.

This pristine example can trace its history back to the end of 1966, when it arrived at the Los Angeles port. The Beetle has spent much (all?) of its time in California and, now, Arizona. It has received a full restoration that was completed just over five years ago, and only 2,300 miles have been put on the odometer since. The red “basketweave” interior uses NOS material. The black wheels are the correct slotted style. The gas tank is powder-coated. All lenses (from the license plate light, reverse lights and dome light) are NOS Hella units, though the headlights have been updated to halogens. The spare has never touched the ground.

Some notable tweaks are worthy of mention. Per the seller, “This Beetle does have a number of tasteful enhancements ranging from an improved, larger displacement German VW engine for more horsepower, superior suspension and electronic ignition – all are out of plain sight. “

He adds, “This car is special.  It runs, accelerates, shifts, stops and handles beautifully.  The appearance and stance are very stock and proper. Acceleration, handling and highway capabilities are far superior.”

The one-year-only details make this 1967 Volkswagen Beetle stand out from other years, and the love given during restoration makes this VW stand out from other Beetles. At $42,000, this Beetle is not for everyone, but there’s someone out there who wants to have the best.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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